THARP, Lester L. "Les," age 69, of Toronto (Costonia), Ohio, passed away suddenly Friday, September 7, 2012 at his home of natural causes.
He was born May 29, 1943 in Jefferson County at his parent's home the late Dona M. and Nettie Britton Tharp.
Les collected Pontiac Fieros and was a U.S. Army veteran having served in Germany during the Vietnam War Era.
He was the self-employed owner and operator of the former Jan's Restaurants in Toronto, Wintersville and Jewett.
Les was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kenneth Dwain Tharp in 2008 and a step-son, Todd A. Cline in 1998.
He is survived by his wife, Janet M. Vanihel Tharp whom he married August 26, 1991; brother, Leonard Tharp of Hammondsville, OH; half-sister, Norma (Bill) Bentley of San Jose, California; aunt, Wanda Britton of Weirton, WV and a stepgranddaughter, Gabrielle Cline of Spartanburg, S.C. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Services at the Clarke Funeral Home, Toronto and interment in the Toronto Union Cemetery will be private at the convenience of the family according to Les' wishes.
Memorial contributions in memory of Les may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or the Wounded Warrior Project, 230 W. Monroe St., Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60606.
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